Michael Biberstein, Exhibition View
Courtesy Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art
Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art is pleased to present new works by
from the following categories:
PAINTED STONES (1)
COMPULSIVE IMAGES (1)
Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 10 | 10 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 11 am to 8 pm | Saturday from noon to 8 pm | Closed Monday
Paintings by Michael Biberstein (b. Solothurn, 1948) are amongst the most stimulating contemporary pronouncements and interpretations of the sublime. Informed by the vastness and solitude of the Alentejo region in Portugal, where he lives and works, his vision contemplates the expansive allure of the horizon-less, boundless sky and a landscape that epitomizes catastrophe and space unbounded. His work is endowed with the intellectual weight of references that collate Zen Buddhism and the scientific imagination of General Relativity, Quantum Physics and the explorations and challenges of the fabric of space; the celestial and the molecular as territories to be charted.
Biberstein's pictures, analogies for places unimagined, luminous and infinite skyscapes that yield no stable associations, inspire a sense of weightlessness and suspension. Looking at his new works, which are best appreciated as a continuum or thread of his previous investigations, he intentionally leaves patches of his canvases bare whilst covering others with many thin layers of paint. The colours he chooses radiate an inner light whilst his attitude towards the picture's edge is liberated, expansive, welcoming. Hung low, the viewer is welcome to 'enter' these outsized canvases, which are informed by a mood of transparency and stealthy movement.
The cosmos, the furthest, most expansive space, contemplated by the admiring naked eye at night, studied by men with telescopes that probe into the depths of space, has infused the art that Michael Biberstein has envisaged for some years now, giving expression to canvases with a sense of grandeur, magisterial serenity and purpose. The sky, the vehicle of an abstract thought-complex, is the supreme carrier of awesome feelings and a sense of flux and passage that embodies this artist's path to the sublime. ND